Terrible neighbours become good friends in Nicholas Stoller’s likeable sequel to his 2014 comedy, which pitted an exhausted couple with a newborn baby against scheming members of a party-loving fraternity.
The gender tables are turned and then flooded with sticky sentiment in Bad Neighbours 2, which plays out a foul-mouthed battle of the sexes and pleads with us to care about archetypal characters on both sides of the bitter conflict.
Gags from the original film are recycled and the five scriptwriters, including lead actor Seth Rogen, lovingly embrace every demographic, eschewing the usual homophobic humour by decking their narrative with rainbow flags. Timely messages about the perils of modern parenting, gender equality and the political incorrectness of fraternities who put “bros” before “hoes” are merrily flung into the scatological mix.
Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) buy a new home where they can safely raise their two-year-old daughter.
The couple agree a sale on their current house and are placed in escrow by the estate agent, allowing the new buyers a 30-day period to survey the property before signing a legally binding contract.
In the interim, a newly formed sorority moves into the house next door and prepares to party with a vengeance.